Cut Bank
Cut Bank (2015)

Dwayne McLaren (Liam Hemsworth) dreams about escaping small town life in Cut Bank, Montana, "the coldest spot in the nation," with his vivacious girlfriend Cassandra (Teresa Palmer). When Dwayne witnesses an awful crime, he tries… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 26, 2015
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Critic Score: 32% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Cut Bank contains typically outstanding work from its solid veteran cast, but it's lost in a dull morass of predictably derivative crime thriller clichés.

Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail

Quite apart from the equally apparent lack of the Coens's extraordinary visual acuity, Cut Bank comes up short because it simply presumes that guilt and evil already live in town, just waiting for us to arrive and see the show.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

Like many of its brethren, the movie seems to love itself while hating its characters.

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Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

This well-cast grabber holds few surprises, but plenty of dark humor that suggests vastly superior films like "Fargo" or "Blood Simple."

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Deficient in charisma, Hemsworth lacks both the grit and grin that his complicated role demands.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

Shakman is clearly going for a dark and bloody Fargo-style crime thriller, but the biggest crime in the film is just how derivative it all feels.

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Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

Once blood starts spurting and the old pros take control of the show, Patino's clever plotting wins viewers over.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

In this sort of film, plenty of characters hope to get out of their small-time town, while viewers hope to get out of the theater.

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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

Patino's flights of high-flown language are both tasty and distracting; Dern, in ultra-crusty mode, makes the most of a crucial tirade. If only anything felt at stake in this story's dark spiral.

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Brian Orndorf

Admirers of small-town gamesmanship when it comes to murder will likely be the most entertained, but even the most patient with Matt Shakman's movie might find their attention wandering away while the film struggles to sustain suspense.

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